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Messenger Bag 

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Messenger Bag 

Written By: Amber Price 


I think I have a thing for sewing new bags. I don't carry a purse, always just a bag of some 
sort, so maybe that's why. My bag functions as my diaper bag and my purse all in one. 

I affectionately refer to my most recent bag as "the dungeon" because it is so large and full 
of so many random items. (Goggles anyone? How about an old french fry? Soccer sock?) I 
wanted to try to make a new bag that was less dungeon-like; maybe more compartments or 
maybe a slightly smaller bag. 

Well, I succeeded in making a cute bag, but I am not sure that it is going to be any less 
dungeony. Oh well. I still love it. 

Want to make it yourself? I know you do. Here's my newest messenger bag pattern for you 
to sew! 

Here's what you need: 

1 yard of your main fabric 

1 yard of coordinating fabric 

1 yard of lining (optional) 

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Messenger Bag 

Step 1 — Messenger Bag 


• Start out by cutting out your 
pieces. The front of my bag is 17" 
wide by 15" high with rounded 
corners on the bottom (yes, I 
should iron before cutting). Cut this 
out of your main fabric, your 
coordinating fabric and your lining if 
you are using lining. 

Step 2 

• The back of the bag is the same 
width but is 26" tall. Again, cut it 
out of both fabrics and your lining. 

• Cut 2 pieces that are 4 inches by 
45 inches as well out of all of your 
fabrics. One of these pieces will be 
your strap and one will be the sides 
of the bag. 

• You should have 4 pieces of each 

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• If you want any inner pockets, now is a good time to do that. I did a large pocket on the 
back inner part of my bag. 

• I made some compartments in my pocket for things like my cell phone and a pen simply 
by sewing straight lines down the pocket. 

Step 4 

• OK; next let's do the strap. Put one of the 45 inch strips from each of your two main 
fabrics together with right sides facing and the lining on the outside. Sew down each side. 

• Turn it, press it and then top stitch it. 

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Messenger Bag 

Step 5 

Now let's put the bag together. Starting with your inner fabric and your lining (if you are 
using it) put the other 45 inch strip along the edges of your front piece with the lining on the 
outside. Pin it in place all the way around the bag trimming any excess length off as 

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• Sew around the part your just pinned. Do the same thing with the back piece, matching it 
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• It should look like the first image when you are done. 

• The second image is a close-up of a corner. 

• Do this to both the outer and the inner fabric. 

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Messenger Bag 

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• Now, here's the trickiest part. Turn 
the OUTER fabric right side out 
and the INNER fabric inside out. 
Slide the OUTER fabric down 
inside the inner fabric matching up 
all the seams from the two pieces. 

Step 8 

• Tuck your straps down inside the 
bag so that the ends stick out like 

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Messenger Bag 

Step 9 

• Starting at the top of the flap and leaving an opening, sew around the bag. Go down the 
flap, across the middle, back up the other side of the top. Leave several inches open at the 
top of the flap. 

• I go over the strap part several times to make sure they are very secure. 

Step 10 

• Now, using your opening on the 
top, turn everything right side out 
and push the inner part down inside 
the outer part. 

• Press it nice and flat and smooth 
(that's always my favorite part 
because it starts to really look like 
a bag.) 

• Topstitch all the way around the 
flap. This will close your opening 
and keep your flap laying nice and 

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• And you're done! This can also 
make a great diaper bag. I even 
tossed in my diaper and wipes 

• Pretty nice, huh? 

If you liked sewing this free messenger bag tutorial and pattern, don't forget to also check out 
these other bags: 

Reversible messenger bag 
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Messenger Bag 
Diapers and wipes holder 

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